What is Freedom?

Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 With the 4th of July last weekend and all that is happening around our nation, I’ve spent a lot of time this past week thinking about the idea of freedom.  What is freedom?  What does freedom mean?  What does it mean for us to be free?  To have freedom?  What … More What is Freedom?

Baptismal Calling

Matthew 10: 34-39, Romans 6: 1b-11 At this time five years ago, I was in the midst of wrapping up the final stages of my call process with St. James.  While it’s hard to believe it’s been that long, a lot has happened since then; in our church family, in our personal lives, in our … More Baptismal Calling

Faith or Politics?

It’s been a hell of a week, hasn’t it? As I looked through my news feed early Tuesday morning over my first cup of coffee for the day, feeling saddened and angry, and honestly a bit overwhelmed with all that I was reading, I looked over at Christina in the chair next to me, and … More Faith or Politics?

Giving Birth to God

John 14:1-14 So, Jesus says; “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me.” Do not let your hearts be troubled. Today we celebrate the 5th Sunday of the Easter season, yet our assigned Gospel takes us back to the final moments before Jesus arrested, then crucified. Biblical scholars note … More Giving Birth to God

The Power of Sight

John 9:1-41 Will you join me in prayer?  Bless O’ Lord this word proclaimed and we who hear it.  That as we gather together for worship in our homes, away from one another, we would be reminded, that through the gift of Baptism, we are bound together regardless of how distant we may feel.  Restore … More The Power of Sight

Reborn to Love

John 3:1-17 One of the requirements of seminarians seeking ordained ministry in the ELCA, is to go through a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, in which they spend roughly 50 hours a week over a 10-week period working as a hospital chaplain.  For most, myself included.  A requirement for most seminarians, myself included, that takes … More Reborn to Love